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Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs

Mission: Lead our community to ensure that anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one.

Results: We are the largest nonprofit provider of food in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties; nearly 1 in 10 people in our region receives some of their food from Second Harvest Food Bank. Last year we provided more than 65 million pounds of food to a network of 309 community-based organizations at 985 sites across both counties.

Target demographics: An estimated 700,000 Silicon Valley residents – 1 in 4 – are at risk of hunger.

Direct beneficiaries per year: An average of 260,000 people each month. More than half the people we serve are seniors and children.

Geographic areas served: Santa Clara County, San Mateo County

Programs: Grocery programs, partner programs, CalFresh outreach, school and summer meal support, nutrition education and advocacy.

Community Stories

119 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped set up a food distribution at a school. We turned giving out food into a celebration and community gathering. It was incredible how many personal connections were made between volunteers and patrons.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Harvest is one of the best local organizations one can be part of. For clients they offer a wide variety of foods with the largest offerings of fresh produce that I've seen from food banks. I work with them to connect food resources to college students experiencing food insecurity in San José; their staff are amazing, flexible and trustworthy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think it’s amazing the work they are able to do and the sheer size and amount of people they are able to serve is astonishing. It’s great to see how they’ve also been able to loop in the local community to give back to those that are less fortunate through the variety of food distribution and education programs (not to mention how organised the entire process is!). I love knowing that we’re helping to contribute to the community education of leading healthier lives while also making sure they’re fed well. What good is empty fillers for our community’s growing population?

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SHFB makes it so easy and rewarding to volunteer. Everyone there is friendly and helpful. You leave with an understanding of the impact your volunteer time has on the community. I have volunteered on my own and with teams at work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered a dozen times at Second Harvest in San Jose, usually with a group of a dozen or ore friends, and it is always clean, safe and well-organized. every time the staff are friendly, and we get a ton of work done, sorting food or doing other tasks inside the warehouse. I highly recommend it, and it's been a few years, so it is time for me to go back.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done 2 food sorts with Second Harvest at 2 different locations and was amazed both times at the scale and orderliness of their operation. I have also worked with them to put on a food and fund drive at my company, and it was quite successful thanks to the good rapport that the folks at SHFB and I built and time and effort that both parties put in to pull it off. Second Harvest rocks!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastically run non-profit making a great impact in the local community. I was very impressed at how organized they are - felt that every minute was focused and productive. Looking forward to bringing my co-workers back!

Rachel M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work at GoDaddy and have volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank several times over the past two years. It's a wonderful opportunity for me and my co-workers to give back and spend time helping others. The staff at Second Harvest Food bank are amazing. They're always very welcoming, caring and helpful. It also provides a nice opportunity to spend quality time out of the office with other GoDaddy employees. I'm happy to be able to contribute my time to hopefully bringing joy to others. I'll definitely be volunteering more in the future!!

1 Kooper F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lead a team from GoDaddy that volunteers at Second Harvest every quarter. It's a great team-building time because it gives us a chance to get to know others in the office, including folks that we don't work with on a day-to-day basis. Whenever we're volunteering, everyone on the team is smiling, laughing, and having a good time. We're having fun, while also making a difference in the community. The Second Harvest team is well-organized, so we feel like our time there is productive. Second Harvest also does a great job of helping us understand the impact we've made with our volunteering, and with donations. I've brought my family along to some of our volunteer events, and now my college-age kids want to go back and volunteer at Second Harvest on their own.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Harvest is an incredibly well run organization! We thoroughly enjoyed our volunteer experience with them and the tour that they gave us of their facilities. It is clear how well they execute their vision each day with enthusiasm and energy. Very happy to have met the great folks at Second Harvest and look forward to collaborating with them more in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was the second time I helped volunteer at the Second Harvest food Bank. The employees are very friendly and helpful, with a lot of knowledge and experience about how Second Harvest helps our communities. I loved volunteering and am planning another volunteer day in January to help make an impact where we need it most.

Donor

Rating: 5

Second Harvest helps so many people, especially but not exclusively around the holidays. Great organization!

Sammie Candy V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for all you do to help our community. I have seen friends and family fall on short times and you have been there for them during the times that count.

THANK YOU!

Donor

Rating: 5

Its a great way to help out the community in your area

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Second Harvest Food Bank delivers almost 15 tons of fresh produce to my agency at 6am *every* Monday morning. We have 50+ volunteers that come to bag it up and place in our client’s cars as they drive through from 8am-5pm, SHFB allows us to provide huge bags of fresh fruits and vegetables to almost 1000 low-income households in our community. Every Single Monday. Thank You SHFB!! ❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love doing corporate team volunteer events with SHFB!! Their staff is always so supportive, helpful and accommodating every single time we visit. Our group votes to volunteer at SHFB year after year!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of managing Second Harvest programs in our South Bay office for the last 8+ years. During this time, I have had the opportunity to work closely with their caring and dedicated staff to bring awareness and support to our ever expanding employee base. Due to their tireless efforts and creative thinking, our company’s giving and volunteering has multiplied by leaps and bounds to levels only imagined 8 years ago. Not only is Second Harvest an incredible organization to support, their staff is absolutely amazing!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer at Second Harvest for 2+ years. I was amazed to learn that SHFB has MANY volunteers who have given 10-20+ years of volunteer service. Wow! I think this speaks volumes about the organization and how well it is run. The goal is to help those who need food get it, while being respectful, friendly and helpful. Everyone I’ve encountered at SHFB shows this spirit, regardless of their role. I look forward to my volunteer hours every week as a result.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I like Second Harvest Food Bank! I've volunteered there for years, and I've seen first hand how they serve the community. I really like the fact that they have a Healthy Food policy and they're really focused on providing nutritional food for their clients.

Brooke S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties for a few months and was very impressed by them! They really do care about the community and helping the people that make it up. They will not judge you on any level because they are truly there to help. I would recommend volunteering or seeking resources and help from Second Harvest! Everyone needs help at some point, so no one should ever be turned away.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Harvest is an incredibly well organized nonprofit that has helped our community and beyond.

Keep up the amazing work you do. I feel so fortunate to have been able to help on many occasions. Thank you for all you do to lift our community up.